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10-22-2014 11-23-30 AM

Learn How to Use Prezi!

Throughout the semester Rebecca Crown Library offers various resource workshops covering the topics of Zotero, Google and Prezi. There are only four workshops remaining for this semester be sure to view our calendar of the upcoming workshops.

The highlighted workshop this month is the Prezi Basic taking place on Wednesday, October 29th at 4:00 p.m. in Crown 111. Please register for this workshop at least 24 hours prior to start.

Come out to learn how to create dynamic presentations using Prezi software. This workshop will cover the basics of setting up an account and using a template to create your first Prezi presentation. No prior experience is necessary for this Prezi Basics Workshop. Register Here!


Ana Castillo’s Lund-Gill Lecture Tonight

The 2014-2015 Lund-Gill Endowed Chair is the internationally distinguished Chicana creative writer, playwright, essayist, editor, translator and scholar, Ana Castillo.

Within the Latin community, Ana Castillo is not only revered as one of the most prominent Latina writers in the United States but also an esteemed representative of the Latina feminist movement. She has also dedicated her life to human rights, free expression, cultural exchange and exploring the political and ethical implications of personal experience.

Her current endeavors include teaching an honors English class on ‘Writing Life Stories’ strengthening students to develop their own voice as well as being  the founding publisher and editor of La Tolteca, focusing on the advancement “of a world without borders and censorship.”

All are welcome to the Lund Auditorium on Thursday, October 9th to hear Ana Castillo deliver the Lund-Gill Chair Lecture, “Twenty Years of Xicanisma: Latina Empowerment in the U.S.” Admission is free, but reservations are required through the Lund-Gill Chair website.

 If you have any questions, comments or concerns please contact:

Dominican Celebrates National Hispanic Heritage Month

Dominican University takes a strong initiative in fostering the education of diversity both on campus and in the wider community. September 15 through October 15 is celebrated as the National Hispanic Heritage Month. In lieu of our diversity initiative the Rosary College of Arts and Sciences, the Office of Academic Success and Diversity, and the Dominican University Alumnae/i Association will be hosting the 11th Annual Hispanic Heritage Reception. For the past 11 years Dominican University has been honoring the history and heritage of our proud Dominican family in recognition of this event.
Rebecca Crown Library is also a proud contributor to the celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month through our collection of Latin/Hispanic authors.  Crown Library houses authors such as Ana Castillo, Sandra Cisneros, José Gamaliel Gonzalez and Reymundo Sanchez, just to name a few.
La Casa en Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros 
A 1984 coming-of-age novel dealing with the young Esperanza Cordero’s experience and assimilation to growing up in Chicago amongst the Chicanos and Puerto Ricans. The novel takes us through Esperanza’s journey in finding a better life and having to “say goodbye” to the impoverished Latin neighborhood is all so familiar with.
Bringing Aztlan to Mexican Chicago by José Gamaliel Gonzalez
An autobiography by José Gamaliel Gonzalez, an artists empowering his marginalized and oppressed community, on his reflection of his life and role present within the developing Mexican, Chicano and Latino art within the city he calls home.
Lady Q by Reymundo Sanchez 
A raw and powerful memoir highlighting Sonia Rodriquez’s struggle in her survival on the streets as well as well as holding top rank within a new mafia, the Latin Kings and becoming a Latin Queen.

Happy National Coffee Day!

Although everyday may seem like national coffee day, today is the designated National Coffee Day! This day has been celebrated on September 29th in the United States annually, since it was publicly mentioned in 2005. For some, coffee is the beverage of choice all day everyday and for others it is a treat to splurge on here and there. It can be caffeinated or decaffeinated; hot or cold; plain or flavored. The matter at hand is, there are many deals going around the city to celebrate this national holiday.

Enjoy a cup of Joe freebies 


Online Zotero Workshops July 15 and August 2nd

Crown Library is offering two more online Zotero workshops this summer, perfect for off-campus students.

  • Zotero is a free, online tool that lets you manage all your research sources—articles, books, and web sites—in one place and easily create bibliographies and in-text citations.
  • It lives in your browser so you can quickly add sources as you find them.
  • Final workshops of the summer are:

Tuesday, July 15, 6:00-7:00 p.m.

Saturday, August 2, 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Register using the links above and you will get an email with the link to the online classroom two days before your workshop.


1893: End of the Trolley Line

The featured picture above is of the end of the trolley line from Oak Park, Illinois composed by Fredrick Childe Hassam. This canvas painting was completed with an impressionistic style dated back to 1893, of what is currently the end of the CTA Green Line.

Living in today’s society with all the hustle and bustle, there is no question as to why during our commutes from point A to point B we occupy time by listening to music, clearing our minds or making list of things to do. Sometimes, taking a step back and embracing the surroundings or to imagine how bus stops and intersections looked like a decade or even a century ago is not always first on our lists. Thanks to Melody O., Class of 2015, she helped those previewing this painting to take a step back to over a century ago to 1893.  Boy how times have changed!

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